Quanliao SI18 : Nomenclature, Location, Function, Indication



Quan: Zygoma       Liao: foramen
The point, quanliao is on the raphe of the zygomatic bone.

Point: SI-18
Chinese Name: 顴髎
English Name/Meaning: Cheek Bone Crevice
Pinyin: quán liáo
Han Geul 한글: gwal lyo 관료
Romaji: kan ryō
Vietnamese: Quyền liêu


On the face, directly below the outer canthus, in the depression on the lower border of the zygomatic bone.

Indications of Quanliao:

  • Good for deviation of the mouth and eye, twitching of the eyelids, facial pain toothache, and swelling in the cheeks.
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia.


  • Transverse insertion joined to points such as ST-4, ST-7, LI-20, ST-6 etc.
  • Perpendicular insertion 0.5 to 0.7 cun.


  • Apply pressure after acupuncture to prevent bruising.
  • Contraindicated for Moxibustion.

Read about other points of Small Intestine Meridian:

SI1-Shaoze-少泽      SI2-Qiangu-前谷       SI3-Houxi-後溪     SI4-Wangu-腕骨     SI5-Yanggu-阳谷       SI6-Yanglao-养老         SI7-Zhizheng-支正      SI8-Xiaohai-小海    SI9-Jianzhen-肩贞        SI10-Naoshu-臑俞       SI11-Tianzhong-天宗 SI12-Bingfeng-秉風            SI13-Quyuan-曲垣        SI14-Jianwaishu-肩外俞           SI15-Jianzhongshu-肩中俞         SI16-Tianchuang-天窗         SI17-Tianrong-天容        SI19-Tinggong-听宫

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali

Dr. Ishwar Gyawali is Consultant Acupuncturist and Ayurveda Physician from Kathmandu, Nepal. He had completed BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery), a five and half year course on Ayurveda Medicine from Kirtipur Campus affiliated to Tribhuvan University ,Institute Of Medicine, Nepal under scholarship in 2011. He had completed his MD in TCM from Nanjing University Of Chinese Medicine in 2016 under scholarship of Ministry of Education, Nepal. With an experience of Serving for Government of Nepal for 2 years and private practise for more than 5 years, he has sound knowledge in Ayurveda as well as Chinese Medicine. He is a registered Doctor in NAMC (Nepal Ayurveda Medical Council ) both as a physician as well as TCM/Acupuncture Specialist.